Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM
05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM
18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM
11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM
04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
22 September 2019 | Ormos Eleftheriou - 8,210NM
18 September 2019
18 September 2019 | Thassos - 8,190 NM
09 September 2019 | Marini, Lemnos - 8,123 NM
02 September 2019 | Sigri, Lesvos - 8,049 NM
21 May 2019
19 May 2019 | Mytilini, Lesvos - 7,977 NM
12 May 2019 | Skala Polikintiou - 7,936 NM
05 May 2019 | Moudrou, Limnos - 7,847 NM
17 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
09 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
06 April 2019 | Chios Town, Chios - 7,673 NM
28 March 2019 | Lakki, Leros - 7,573 NM
19 November 2018
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03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM

2019 by the numbers

Eighth year of cruising completed. This year’s numbers are:

05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM

I don’t want to alarm you but......

We had 10 days in Mytilini before our visitors arrived. We spent the time being very sociable with our fellow yachties. As well as Gordon and Louise on Camira we were joined by Edward on Windhoos from the Netherlands and Uva from Germany. A few bleary mornings were testament to the good nights had by [...]

18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM

Overnight to Molyvos

Our overnight passage was beautiful. We left Samothraki just before 5.00 pm to do 78 miles ensuring we arrived in daylight. The sea was totally flat and we had a gentle breeze allowing the main to give us a bit of assistance. The moon was almost full and already rising as we left and it lit our way until [...]

11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM

Samothraki

It was time to start heading south and back to Lesvos for the winter. We left Porto Lagos having really enjoyed our few days, there even though it felt as we left as soon as we’d arrived. 37 miles away was our next stop, Samothraki. A small island made of a large chunk of marble a long way from anywhere [...]

04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

Twitchers

Our first night back in Kavala turned out to be very long! One of the big ferries arrived shortly after us which isn't normally a problem but it clearly wasn't going anywhere soon but kept his engine running all night. Added to that the whole fishing fleet must've returned for the weekend passing very [...]

02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

A bus trip to Thessaloniki

A very pleasant 20 NM downwind motorsail past a couple of oil rigs took us to Ormos Eleftheriou. We had to come here as it’s Rita’s (Paul’s sister) family name. It’s a beautiful, big horseshoe shaped bay with small islands dotted about it, a few smaller bays plus a castle and sandy beaches. After [...]

Better Late than Never!

21 April 2013 | A Coruna -1,241 Miles
Sunny and Windy
Leaving Cedeira the sea was very rough but it settled down to the usual swell and we had a pleasant journey to A Coruna. And yes, we're here - 10 months later than we planned last June, but better late than never............

Marina Coruna itself is welcoming and at this time of year almost empty - all sensible sailors are still ashore waiting for better weather - the facilities and location of the marina are very good, but the wind accelerates through the marina and on our first couple of nights, the wind caused a swell that meant that we were rocked (violently) to sleep - or not! The Snubbers that we bought at the London boat show and shipped to Spain came into their own.

First impressions of Coruna weren't great but we've warmed to it. There's an old town to explore, a very grand plaza, some nice beaches, and the grave of Sir John Moore (Malcolm, that's for you). Today we've been to The Tower of Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse in the world built by the Romans in the first century AD - 'what have the Romans ever done for us?', 'the glory that is Rome' etc., etc. The technology is amazing! Legend has it that Hercules spent three days battling a giant that was terrorising the region here, and after he finally defeated him, buried his head under the first tower. And, of course, we had our usual trip to the Spanish equivalent of B&Q for plumbing bits and other things that we didn't know we wanted but obviously can't live without - no one could accuse us of staying on the tourist trail!

Last night we went into town to promenade with the locals on their evening stroll through the old town and along the harbour. We really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and joining the locals as they watched and cheered (ole!) busking bands play on the streets. It seems the thing in Coruna is for band members to face each other in a sort of musical duel, where they try to out do each other in instrumental solos or duets. It was always entertaining but sometimes more loud than tuneful.

Weather permitting we plan to move on west and south on Tuesday. Unfortunately the weather seems to be all or nothing here, strong to gale force winds which become even faster and very variable even a few miles off the headlands or nothing at all so we have to resort to the engine and can't sail. I'm sure it will get better once we are a few hundred miles further south!

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